Darcy Graham has been called “another Stuart Hogg in the making” by Scotland Sevens boss John Dalziel

European Challenge CupVenue: Myreside, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 9 December Kick-off: 19:35 GMTCoverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website

Pool leaders Edinburgh hand a competitive debut to Darcy Graham for the visit of London Irish.

The Scotland Sevens international, 20, starts on the left wing a week after topping the try-scoring charts at the Dubai Sevens with eight touchdowns.

Darryl Marfo and Stuart McInally return to the front-row after Scotland duty, with the latter named captain.

London Irish hand full debuts to Australia hooker Saia Fainga’a and prop Manasa Saulo.

Fainga’a, capped 36 times by the Wallabies, has recovered from a foot injury, while Fiji international Saulo is available after the recent Autumn Tests.

Irish also include Scotland prop Gordon Reid and former Edinburgh players Greig Tonks at full-back and Mike Coman among the second-row replacements.

Hawick native Graham, who has won eight Scotland Under-20 caps, was labelled “another Stuart Hogg in the making” by Scotland Sevens head coach John Dalziel after his exploits in Dubai.

Two-time British and Irish Lion and fellow Hawick man Hogg, five years Graham’s senior, made his 54th and 55th Scotland appearances during an impressive autumn Test series.

Dalziel added: “I’ve seen it before in big games for the U20s and [Darcy] had some huge moments here this weekend. He is an exceptional talent.”

Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, a hat-trick scorer in South Africa against Southern Kings last week, is the competition’s current leading points scorer on 24 and notched 10 in the

is poised to make his club debut from the bench.

Match facts

Edinburgh: Kinghorn; Hoyland, Dean, Burleigh, Graham; Van der Walt, Hidalgo-Clyne; Marfo, McInally (capt), McCallum, Toolis, Gilchrist, Bradbury, Watson, Mata.

Replacements: Cochrane, Sutherland, Shields, Carmichael, Ritchie, Kennedy, Fife, Rasolea.

London Irish: Tonks; Ransom, Fowlie, Williams, Loader; Bell, Steele; Reid, Fainga’a, Saulo, Lloyd, De Chaves (capt), Cooke, Northcote-Green, Lomidze.

Replacements: Woolstencroft, Elrington, Chawatama, Basham, Coman, Meehan, Brophy Clews, Williams.

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ire)


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